I recently was reminded that it's very easy to lose perspective and get too engrossed in the task at hand to see what's really in front of you.
My family spent some time at Lake Tahoe recently, and the overwhelming beauty of the place reminded me that in spite of deadlines, our perceived notions of what needs to be done, and the general chaos of daily life we need to step back once in awhile and really take in our surroundings or spend some time reevaluating what we think is important. And it doesn't have to be some place as awesome as Tahoe, it can be something small or even mundane, what's important is to stop and truly experience what we're doing, be it practicing, or hiking the mountains.
My son got his first knife at Tahoe, and while that may seem trivial, the bonding that took place between us as we talked about proper use of a sharp object was really special. I was reminded that it isn't the size of the gift or the particulars of an event, it's the time spent together, being totally in tune with one another that defines the beauty of any moment. So, take some time, get a knife (or not) and engage with someone in an activity that makes you happy. The rest of your life will be better for having spent that time.